USB interface...

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by JumboJack, Jul 30, 2009.

  1. JumboJack


    Dec 31, 2007
    Was not sure where to put this..
    I use a POD XT live and keep it in the garage as I have a really small house..

    What is an inexpensive USB type inter face that will let me hook my bass up to my computer so I can practice while listening to cd's or Mp3's?

  2. Tropic


    May 19, 2009
    Woodbridge, Va
    I would like to know this too. I tried the search but maybe I didn't search hard enough.
  3. Jo6Pak


    May 2, 2007
    I've run mine straight into the sound card and worked fine. Primitive, but it worked. Worst case you might need to jack the signal up a bit if its passive, but I don't really see the need for a USB interface, unless you have some application that requires it.
  4. Tropic


    May 19, 2009
    Woodbridge, Va
    Are you just using the line out from your amp?
  5. Jo6Pak


    May 2, 2007
    No, I mean I plugged the bass straight into the sound card, dimed the vol knob and maxed the input level. I only did it once to record a quick mp3 riff to email someone.

    Rather than run your bass into the soundcard, you might want to just run the output of your sound card into your amp (via the fx loop, for example), if you just want to jam along.

    If you are wanting to record and have some application for that, it may only recognize a USB input and then you would need some sort of interface.

    If you both have PODs, you can get the drivers from Line6 website and use it with just a USB cable.

    EDIT: Keep in mind that your computer speakers probably won't take much abuse from a bass before they blow. More reason to use the computer OUTPUT. Headphones might be a viable alternative.
  6. rbonner


    Sep 25, 2008
    Try a preamp or DI pedal and go into the line in on your sound card. Should work good. Will give you your bass tone and not sound sterile. There's a couple guys who are real wizards with this stuff.

  7. JumboJack


    Dec 31, 2007
    It's a lap top..I don't have a sound card...I don't think...
  8. Jo6Pak


    May 2, 2007
    Unless its ancient, it has a sound card (chipset) on the motherboard. It may not have a Line In, but likely has a Mic In. You can try that. I forget which input I used on my sound card. Like I said, it was just the one time, briefly, but it did work. I haven't had the need to do it again.
  9. seamonkey


    Aug 6, 2004
    Line 6 pod studio GX with Pod Farm
    The software that comes with it is surprisingly good for the price.
    It's got a regular 1/4" jack, ready for bass/guitar, simple enough to use.

    To me, their software is getting much better than their hardware.
  10. wicked_child


    Oct 19, 2007
    just plug straight into the computers mic port. those usb cables are pretty expensive and not worth it.
  11. Line 6 have a few cheaper interfaces, you could also spend a little bit more for the likes of a presonus or m-audio fast track.
  12. mentalpatient

    mentalpatient Inactive

    Jun 23, 2009
    mental institutionzs
    If you just want to play along you could get a VOX AMPLUG (BASS Version). It is a small box that uses 2 AAA batteries that has a built in jack for your bass. Plug it in your bass, plug headphones into the unit, run a cable from your computers headphone socket to the amplug and you're all go.

    Or you could use a Stealth Bass USB interface. Comes with some neat software as well.

    Or get a practice amp that has a headphone socket and mp3 input jack. I thought of doing this so I could also use it as a permanent amp for the computer.